Aussie man fights off shark using surfboard

Aussie man fights off shark using surfboard

A man has been left with a 20-centimetre gash on his leg after being attacked by a shark on the NSW far north coast.

Cr Wright said even if the DPI hadn't decided not to use shark nets this summer, they would not have been in the water when a 42-year-old man was attacked while surfing just after 7am today.

Onlookers say the stunned surfer screamed for help as the shark sank its teeth into his leg and repeatedly tried to drag him off the board, piercing it clean through with three-inch teeth marks.

It was only when he staggered ashore that he noticed the lacerations to his thigh.

"He remains in a stable condition", the spokeswoman said.

After repelling the shark he managed to get himself back to the beach, apply a tourniquet to the 20cm gaping wound in his leg before driving himself to Ballina Hospital.

Beaches in the area - which were closed soon after the attack - have since reopened.

Ballina Shire mayor David Wright said the surfer described the shark as being about 1.5 metres long.

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Shark nets at Shelly Beach and four others on the north coast were removed in May after a almost five-month NSW government trial. "He used the board to belt the shark away", he told 2GB.

As part of the collaboration with Surf Life Saving NSW, drones are being trialled on the North Coast.

Officers seized the surf board and are liaising with Department of Primary Industries to identify the species. That's when he used the board to strike the shark.

"It's one of those unfortunate things".

Rescue helicopter crew member Ben McCauley, who accompanied all three Cid Harbor shark attack victims on the 100-kilometer (60-mile) flights from Cid Harbor to Mackay Base Hospital, said his role had taken a personal toll.

Daniel Christidis, a 33-year-old Melbourne urologist, was mauled on the first day of a five-day yachting vacation with friends and fellow doctors.

On Monday, a shark killed a man in a harbor in the Whitsunday Islands, where two tourists were mauled in September.

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